Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

Japan deploys missile defence over N Korea threat to Guam

President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.

Watch Room staff monitor news and updates and coordinate with agencies on local in an event of emergency Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 as Guam Homeland Security opens its 24-hour Watch Room operation in response to the threats from North Korea, in Hagatna, Guam.

The North then came out with a threat to lob four intermediate-range "Hwasong-12" missiles near Guam, a tiny USA territory some 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang. The chilling two-page fact sheet details what citizens of the 162,000-populated island that houses 6,000 US troops should do to survive the worst outcome of the boiling tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. The annual joint US-South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesperson. Washington and Seoul say the exercises are defensive in nature and crucial to maintaining a deterrent against North Korean aggression.

Zhao Liang, a 35-year-old bank teller from Beijing, said she won't be cutting short her vacation over North Korea's latest missile threats. Along with a bigger set of manoeuvrs held every spring, the exercises are routinely met by strong condemnation and threats of countermeasures from North Korea.

Trump began his Friday barrage with an especially fiery tweet: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". It will be carried out in a "multi-concurrent and consecutive way" upon Kim Jong-un's order.

A giant North Korean flag, left, atop a 160-meter (525-foot) tower in North Korea and a South Korean flag, right, atop of a 100-meter (328-foot) tower in South Korea, flutter in the wind as pictured from the border area between two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the U.S.in an editorial Saturday.

FILE - In this file image made from video by North Korea's KRT released on July 28, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, second from right, gestures at the site of a missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

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Military officials say they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.

The president insisted the North had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed".

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

North Korea parades ballistic missiles across Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on April 15.

He did not elaborate on Guam's defences but the island houses two USA military installations, and is also armed with a sophisticated weapons system known as THAAD, which can destroy short, medium and intermediate-range missiles in their final phase of flight.

"Kim Jong Un's reckless behavior can not be tolerated", she said, "and I strongly urge the president to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation".

Tension in the region rose when North Korea staged two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and increased further when it launched two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July in defiance of world powers.

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